Stu­dents’ gen­er­ous gift to the home­less

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By KELLY PIPES news@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

CAR­ING stu­dents have been thanked for mak­ing a “phe­nom­e­nal” Christ­mas do­na­tion to a char­ity that helps get hot meals to the city’s home­less.

Sixth for­m­ers from Arthur Mel­lows Col­lege, in Glin­ton, ral­lied their whole school to­gether to col­lect 2,000 items of food and sup­plies for Peter­bor­ough Streets.

Over­whelmed staff at the char­ity’s day cen­tre in Ad­der­ley, North Bret­ton, were helped by the young­sters to load the mas­sive stock­pile of tins and gifts into their tran­sit van yes­ter­day lunchtime.

Cater­ing co­or­di­na­tor from Peter­bor­ough Streets Ingrid Mckie said the sup­plies would be shared among var­i­ous hous­ing projects in the city in the runup to Christ­mas, and would also help her feed home­less peo­ple at the cen­tre as the cold­est nights of the year set in.

She said: “They do this ev­ery year and we thank them. It’s ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal the amount of food they do­nate to us and the kids are mar­vel­lous.

“Some of it will go to­wards the win­ter mea­sures pro­gramme, when if it goes be­low zero for three con­sec­u­tive nights we’ll have 26 peo­ple here in need of hot meals.

“We can’t thank them enough. The van was prac­ti­cally packed.”

The gro­ceries will also be used to run lessons in low-bud­get cook­ery for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple with lit­tle or no in­come.

She added: “I was al­most in tears and it does warm the cock­les of your heart to see these young kids in­volved - whose fu­tures we hope will be bet­ter than those peo­ple who have had hard times - be so gen­er­ous and so happy about giv­ing so much away.

“Now it’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure it’s used up and noth­ing is wasted.”

Arthur Mel­lows have sup­ported the Bret­ton-based home­less char­ity, which was pre­vi­ously called St Theresa’s, since 2008 send­ing them reg­u­lar food parcels and do­na­tions,

As­sis­tant head of the sixth form Nathan Steele was im­pressed and praised the stu­dents’ char­ity com­mit­tee for mak­ing this Christ­mas’ do­na­tion the most gen­er­ous yet.

In­di­vid­u­als on the sixth form com­mit­tee each led a school year group in the char­ity push.

Mr Steele said: “This year I think we’ve some re­ally car­ing kids in this sixth form and it’s very touch­ing to see so many chil­dren re­act to such a valu­able cause.”

The stacks of gifts from the col­lege in­cluded sheets, blan­kets, hats, socks, tinned soup, pasta and meat­balls.

gen­er­ous: Stu­dents from Arthur Mel­lows Vil­lage Col­lege with the do­na­tions of food and sup­plies for Peter­bor-

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